A 3-year-old boy led sheriff’s deputies to the scene where his mother and sisters drowned on a Louisiana beach, authorities say.
Mississippi resident Ethel Samantha Alexander took her four children to Long Beach in Cameron Parish on Sunday. The 28-year-old mother allegedly went into the water to save her children.
Her two daughters, aged 7 and 8, drowned. Her 9-year-old son survived and was able to seek help.
Sheriff’s deputies saw the 3-year-old boy walking near a road before leading them into the water.
NEW ORLEANS RESIDENTS WARN ‘DON’T SIT IN YOUR CAR’ AS CARJACKINGS RISE A SHOCKING 165%
Sheriff Ron Johnson told NOLA.com that dangerous conditions at the beach caused the drownings. The bodies of the mother and her daughters were found about 100 feet apart.
“You have waves crashing against the rocks of the gulf, and that energy comes back,” Johnson explained. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted sheriff’s deputies at the scene.
“These rocks are very difficult to climb, they’re covered in seaweed and they’re slippery,” the sheriff continued, adding that deputies had to climb with their hands and feet.
NEW ORLEANS PASTOR FIGHTS TO SAVE ‘CAPITAL FROM MURDER’ SIX MONTHS AFTER HIS SON CUT JUST BLOCKS AWAY FROM CHURCH
Johnson also noted that the beach was very remote.
“There are very few camps there and not many places to park,” he said. “I don’t blame anyone, but as a sheriff, I wouldn’t want anyone to go where others couldn’t see you.”
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The 9-year-old son was taken to a local hospital and discharged after a short stay. Her father works in the Cameron Beach area for a liquefied natural gas facility, Sheriff Johnson said.